Make me a German, BBC 2

(96 Posts)
ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:38:18

Anyone watching this? I wondered how long they were staying for, given that they are leaving their elder two children in the UK.

AnythingNotEverything Tue 06-Aug-13 21:41:58

I'm loving it, although I'm a real germanophile.

They did leave the older kids with family. They're probably in school.

marciaoverstrand Tue 06-Aug-13 21:43:42

I'm watching, the wife is getting fed up!

ethelb Tue 06-Aug-13 21:45:45

Loving it. Wish i had had proper language teaching so I could move and have affordable housing.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 21:46:15

Really interesting programme. Twenty five years ago I had a German dp for a couple of years and spent most of my time there. I recognise a lot of the attitudes haven't really changed.

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:46:59

Yes, but I didn't know whether they were going for a week, a month or a year.

I would put odds on the mum being a MNetter, actually. Anyone else?

squoosh Tue 06-Aug-13 21:47:29

I missed the start, how was it decided that she should be doing 4.2 hours of housework per day? confused

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:48:06

Sorry, I started two threads - people are on the TV thread now. I'll try to get this pulled.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 21:51:16

A survey by a German marketing company assessed what the 'average' German did and this is what they have based their day to day living on.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 21:53:27

I think they are there for a month.

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:54:48

It makes me feel ashamed, how little work we're doing!

squoosh Tue 06-Aug-13 21:55:21

Lots of rules!

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:55:26

Thanks, bisjo.

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:56:47

Those children look like they're having a great time.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 21:56:59

I liked the lady at the dinner party who commented about her time in a UK office and couldn't believe people sat around, drank coffee and chatted about their personal lives. It seems to me that it is expected you share some of your personal life details with colleagues and if you don't you are viewed as rather aloof.

WetAugust Tue 06-Aug-13 21:57:08

Seems a bit like Britain in the 60s/70s - no noise on a Sunday, no texting etc on the firm's time.

Amazed that childcare is so cheap. Just proves that we are being severely ripped off over here.

In some ways it shows just how standards have actually slipped in the UK.

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:57:48

Imagine British offices if Facebook and texting were banned!

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 21:58:28

So that medical was for work?

squoosh Tue 06-Aug-13 21:59:48

I'm surprised at how many German women stay at home.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 22:00:04

I've not worked in an office since the inception of Facebook where it hasn't been banned (at least blocked on company computers). Of course it doesn't stop people using their own phones!

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 22:01:19

There's something about the guy standing in Nuremburg, talking to someone who says there's a problem with different nationalities there.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 22:01:23

When I was virtually living there I had no concept at all of how many women stayed at home but then I was in my early 20s and everyone seemed to have very glamorous and interesting lives compared to my UK friends.

WetAugust Tue 06-Aug-13 22:01:50

When I started working in offices you had to give the work 100% - no private phone calls, texting, face-booking (pre-internet), no working with ipod on.

ImperialBlether Tue 06-Aug-13 22:03:09

Same when I was working in offices, WetAugust. It's hard to believe it's tolerated here really.

difficultpickle Tue 06-Aug-13 22:03:50

Imperial I thought that too. I think that Germans are quite accepting of some nationalities (I always felt welcome there) but not of others. The lack of integration of the Turkish community was a big problem when I was there as was the ramifications that followed the collapse of the Berlin wall.

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